Wow. Homophobe Ruskies taking it to extremes ...
Here's a shocker : a member of the Rainbow Association, suspects that members of Narodny Sobor, an Orthodox Christian group, are behind the attack.
Russia: Moscow gay club attacked
October 13, 2012
BY DANIELA COSTA – A large group of masked assailants attacked a gay club in Moscow during a Coming Out Day party.
The attack, which happened the evening of Oct 11, came just days after Orthodox Christian activists called for a ban on queer clubs in the city.
Reports say the attackers rushed Moscow’s 7 Freedays club, vandalizing the venue and beating patrons.
Viktoriya Soto, of the 7 Freedays club, said that a dozen people broke in and were “especially aggressive” toward women, AP reports. Soto said the attack was organized.
Andrei Obolensky, the party’s organizer, told RIA Novosti that the assailants numbered around 20. “They pulled a gun on the bouncers as they entered the club. Then they shouted ‘You wanted a show?’” Obolensky said. “People were bleeding; they had been hit in the head with bottles.”
Three people were sent to hospital and several others were injured. Two of the three hospitalized victims have been released; a young woman is still being treated for broken glass in her eye.
Eyewitnesses told RIA Novosti that about 50 people were in the club at the time of the attack.
“I thought it was part of the show because it was Coming Out Day and people came in wearing masks,” Pavel Samburov said. “Only later I realized it wasn’t a show but an attack.”
Moscow police said they have initiated a manhunt for the attackers and will review security camera footage in an attempt to identify them. “An inquiry has been launched into the nightclub attack. CCTV footage from the venue has been seized and that from nearby streets is being examined."
Samburov, a member of the Rainbow Association, suspects that members of Narodny Sobor, an Orthodox Christian group, are behind the attack.
The nationalist group launched a petition calling on Moscow's parliament to ban gay bars and clubs.
Russia decriminalized homosexuality in 1993, but discrimination against homosexuals remains prevalent.
Meanwhile, the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) has decided to boycott the Peace and Sport conference in Sochi, Russia, after organizers failed to ensure the safety of the FGG’s delegate.
A spokesperson for the FGG says the group refuses to put its delegate in danger amid a tide of homophobia in Russia. The three-day summit is due to start on Oct 31.
“We regret that the hosts of an event that seeks to promote understanding find themselves unable to ensure the personal integrity and the ability to speak openly of those they invite,” wrote FGG co-presidents Kurt Dahl and Emy Ritt in a letter to the organization's president, Joël Bouzou.
“We see this situation as proof that the choice of Sochi in particular and Russia in general to host international sport events is a grave error that is contrary to the fundamental principles of sport for all.”
Sochi will host the Winter Olympic Games in 2014. Russian authorities have banned a Pride House event for queer athletes and spectators at the Games.
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Another interesting picture accompanying the article.
Well, it's not in the original article. Where did it come from? Such a mystery.
Now go out and get dumped.
FROM RUSSIAN WITH HATE
Masked Assailants Attack Moscow Gay Bar On Coming Out Day
A gay bar in Moscow was the site of a vicious attack on Thursday, when 20 masked nationalists barged in and threatened patrons with guns and broken bottles.
Three women were critically wounded in the attack on 7 Free Days in Central Moscow, while 10 more suffered various injuries.
A crowd of almost 80 people had come to the bar to celebrate Coming Out Day when the attackers stormed in. According to RT.com, the gang wore dark clothes and had shaved heads, “a typical look for Russian ultra-nationalists.”
They shouted “Did you want a show?” and started smashing everything around them and beating people, threatening them with guns, witnesses say.
“They were overturning tables and beating customers. Many were injured,” said witness Pavel Somburov, an activist from the Rainbow Association. “Then they suddenly left after an order from one of them.”
“Twenty scumbags were kicking women in their heads. My lady friend has multiple bruises, another girl has a shard of her glasses in the eye,” LGBT activist Sergey Ilupin wrote on his Twitter account.
The attackers fled by the time authorities arrived.
Full story here: Masked Assailants Attack Moscow Gay Bar On Coming Out Day / Queerty
...another story with a similar theme:
‘Curing’ Homosexuality in Russia and Ukraine
By Leonid Bershidsky (Bloomberg)
Forget gay marriage. In Russia and Ukraine, politicians are treating homosexuality like a curable addiction -- and even a crime.
Last week, acting on a widespread popular belief that sexual orientation is a matter of indoctrination, the Ukrainian parliament gave its preliminary approval to a bill that makes “propaganda of homosexuality” a criminal offense, punishable by a fine of about $10,000 or as many as five years in prison. “The spread of homosexuality is a threat to national security because it propagates the HIV/AIDS epidemic, destroys the family and could lead to a demographic crisis,” the bill's drafters wrote in an explanatory note. The danger, they reasoned, is great enough to justify a limitation on freedom of speech.
Absurd as the legislators' logic may sound, it is deadly serious. “A kid walks along Khreshchatik [Kiev's main street] and sees a same-sex couple imposing their relationship on him,” one of the bill's drafters, Communist parliamentary deputy Yevgeny Tsarkov, told the newspaper Gazeta Kyivskaya. “That cannot be allowed. Children should be protected against such information.”
The vote for the bill, which received 289 votes out of 450 with the backing of the ruling Regions Party, roughly reflected Ukrainian public opinion. A recent poll by the research firm Socis suggested that 61 percent of Kyiv residents believe that promoting homosexuality should be punishable by prison. Only 11 percent opposed any kind of punishment. The situation is similar in Russia. In a poll by the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion, 86 percent of respondents supported a ban on “propaganda of homosexuality” among minors.
Although attempts to pass national anti-gay laws have so far failed in Russia, some regions and municipalities have taken matters into their own hands. The first local law banning the promotion of homosexuality was enacted in the city of Ryazan, east of Moscow, in 2006. The biggest victory for Russian homophobes came in March 2012, when St. Petersburg, Russia's second city and President Vladimir Putin's birthplace, passed an identical measure. In all, promoting a gay lifestyle is now illegal in 10 Russian regions.
Homosexuality "is best cured by fasting and prayer," said Vitaly Milonov, the primary backer of the St. Petersburg law and a member of the ruling United Russia party, in a radio interview. "I do not know of a single case in the Russian Orthodox Church when sincere repentance of this sin could not cure a person."
During discussion of the bill in the St. Petersburg legislature, some members accused Milonov of being too soft on gays. One, Yelena Babich, said propaganda of homosexuality should be punishable by a life sentence. In the end, legislators settled on a fine of up to $160,000.
So far, one person has been fined $160 for homosexual propaganda in St. Petersburg. Nikolai Alexeyev, a gay activist, picketed the city government with a sign quoting beloved Russian actress Faina Ranevskaya: “Homosexuality is not a perversion. Hockey on grass and ballet on ice are." After a failed appeal in Russia, Alexeyev's case is now in the European Court for Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Russia's higher courts have so far upheld the anti-gay laws. Ruling on the ban of an LGBT rally in Arkhangelsk, the Supreme Court reasoned that "the ban on the propaganda of homosexuality does not impede the right to receive and spread general, neutral information concerning homosexuality or hold legal public gatherings, including debates on the social status of sexual minorities – without imposing homosexual values on minors who are unable, due to their age, to assess this information independently and critically."
Ukraine's efforts to outdo Russia face one counterbalancing influence: Unlike Russia, Ukraine wants closer integration with the West, particularly with the European Union. The nation's foreign ministry, well aware that medieval legislation could hamper relations, protested the anti-gay bill, saying it hopes legislators will "take into account Ukraine's international obligations in the area of human rights, and minority rights in particular.”
Sadly, that's not likely. Legislators who oppose the bill have come under heavy pressure. Deputy Irina Gerashchenko, who criticized the anti-gay legislation on national TV, says she has received threatening phone calls. “I don't know what's in these people's heads,” she wrote on Facebook. “Their aggressive style has as little to do with Orthodox Christianity as I do with Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Gays in Russia and especially Ukraine are used to the general public's ignorance and homophobic attitudes. In Kiev this year, nationalists and religious fanatics crushed an attempt to hold a gay pride parade, and the few activists who dared to participate were beaten. An “anti-gay parade” took place without any interference.
The laws being passed in Ukraine and Russia are not just anti-gay. They are part of broader efforts by both regimes to chip away at free speech, starting with areas where the general populace backs them, sometimes without thinking. Consider, for example, how Russians responded to a second question in the poll that found them vehemently opposed to "homosexual propaganda": Have they ever come across such propaganda? No, they have not, said 92 percent of those polled.
...majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd...
I always wear a mask when I visit gay bars...gotta be discreet...
...I'm afraid the hump in your back is a giveaway...
Perhaps Michele and Marcus Bachmann could help them pray the gay away. Or, you could try...Originally Posted by tomcat
4 more years!